Fort Riley

KC Currents
2:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Trading Flint Hills For Fort Riley, Concert-Goers Dive Into Military History

Members of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard show off their sword skills during a cavalry demonstration before the Symphony in the Flint Hills on June 15.
Matt Kleinmann Matt Kleinmann Photography

In years past, Bill and Julia McBride turned to their tallgrass prairie backyard in Matfield Green, Kan., to hear the Kansas City Symphony echoing across the Flint Hills.

But this year, the McBrides made a two-hour trek north to Fort Riley, the northeastern Kansas Army base where Civil War figure Maj. Gen. George Custer once lived. The base hosted this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills, an annual performance – now in its eighth year – that brings one of the city’s premiere arts organizations to the middle of Kansas.

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